Designer Perry Ellis got his start in the fashion world by working as a retail buyer and merchandiser. Eventually he worked his way up to designing men’s clothes and although he could not sketch, his experience helped him put a finger on what consumers wanted from their wardrobe. Ellis launched his women’s line and it was a success. On May 8, 1986, Ellis took his final bow at his Fall fashion show. He was so weak, he had to be helped down the catwalk by two assistants. Ellis died on May 30th at the age of 46.